U-505 (IX C U-Boat) - Chicago, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 41° 47.495 W 087° 34.975
16T E 451566 N 4626800
Quick Description: German U-boat captured by the United States Navy during World War II at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/19/2007 7:20:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM1PZE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 115

Long Description:
The U-505 was constructed starting June 1940 and launched May 1941. The U505 was involved in 12 patrols sinking 8 ships. On June 4, 1944 while on patrol off the west coast of Africa the U-505 was captured by a U.S. Navy task force led by the U.S.S. Chatelain. This was the first ship capture the U.S. Navy had since the War of 1812. When the u-boat was captured many classified documents were also recovered which aided the Allied forces in breaking codes used in U-boat operations.

The U-505 has been restored and is on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. In addition the the normal museum admission a tour of the interior of the u-boat is $5 additional and is worth the visit.
Street address:
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Jackson Park
Chicago, Illinois


County / Borough / Parish: Cook County

Year listed: 1989

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Defense - Naval Facility

Current function: Recreation And Culture - Museum

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2007 To: 12/31/2007

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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